The arms trade drives militarism

It isn’t just the state that benefits from militarism. The arms trade also stands to gain from public acceptance and increased awareness among young people and opportunities to recruit them. Arms companies profit from a more militarised society where weapons and military might are accepted as necessary and even symbols of prestige. Their social license to operate is also strengthened by their role as employers and their involvement in the public sector and public events.

Children playing with an M134 Minigun at Farnborough International Airshow.